First year Geographers given same exam as last year by blundering lecturers

‘A lot of people knew all the answers’

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When this year’s intake of Geographers sat down to take their recent exam on Geographical Methods, many of them couldn’t believe their luck.

Bumbling lecturers accidentally gave freshers last year’s exam paper, allowing many to copy the answers directly from the mark scheme.

The blunder resulted in a crayon-scrawled stir in the Geography department, with many first years complaining that the mistake had given those lucky enough to have seen the answers an unfair advantage.

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Despite the complaints, it wasn’t until after emails containing the results had already been sent out that the department informed students the exam had been declared void.

Last week, the department confirmed that everyone’s result would be nullified and that the exam, which was taken by students online, would no longer count towards their final year mark.

Anyone frustrated that their revision was all for nothing has been told they “receive the benefit of the formative skills it has given you”.

One fresher told The Tab: “People found last year’s paper through connections and so a lot of people in our year knew the answer to every question that came up.”

Another first year said: “Seeing as how some of us hadn’t seen the answers before, we were quite pleased with our initial results”.

The first years realised their faculty’s mistake after the exam, leading many to complain. It was only last week that the department took action.

The exam has been nullified for the purposes of the final year mark.

It wasn’t a select few who knew about the paper. A fresher revealed: “A lot of people in our year knew the answers to all the questions that came up”.